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Manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island decrease

Posted on December 10, 2016

The number of manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island have decreased, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment in the Professional & Business Services sector rose by 900 in October, fueled by job gains reported in the professional & technical services and administrative & waste services subsectors. Over the year, the number of jobs within the Professional & Business Services sector is up 2,800.

After reporting a loss of 900 jobs each in September, both the Educational Services and Health Care & Social Assistance sectors responded by each adding 700 jobs in October. Employment in Educational Services is up 400 from a year ago, while employment in Health Care & Social Assistance is up 300 from October 2015.

The Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Construction, Financial Activities and Other Services sectors each added 100 jobs in October. Among these sectors, employment in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (+200), Other Services (+200) and Construction (+100) sectors are up over the year, while employment in Financial Activities is down by 400 during this period.

Employment in the Manufacturing sector continued to trend down in October, shedding 500 jobs from September. The October job loss marks three consecutive months of job losses totaling 1,100 jobs. The number of manufacturing jobs is down 300 from a year ago.

Smaller monthly job losses were reported in the Accommodation & Food Services (-200), Government (-100), Transportation & Utilities (-100) and Wholesale Trade (-100) sectors. Among these sectors, employment in Accommodation & Food Services is up 2,800 from a year ago, while employment in the Government sector is up 100. The number of jobs in the Wholesale Trade sector is down 300 from October 2015, while employment in Transportation & Utilities remained even.

The October employment level in the Information, Retail Trade and Mining & Logging sectors remained unchanged from September. Over the year, Retail Trade employment is up 1,000 while Information Services is down 300. Mining & Logging is unchanged over the year.

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